Definition of Dioxin

1. Noun. Any of several toxic or carcinogenic hydrocarbons that occur as impurities in herbicides.

Substance meronyms: Agent Orange
Generic synonyms: Hydrocarbon



Definition of Dioxin

1. Noun. (organic chemistry) any of a broad range of toxic or carcinogenic halogenated polycyclic compounds that occur as byproducts of herbicides ¹

2. Noun. (organic compound) the parent compound, dibenzo-''p''-dioxin, in which two benzene rings are connected vio two oxygen atoms; oxanthrene ¹

3. Noun. (organic compound) the unsaturated six-membered heterocycle having four carbon atoms, two oxygen atoms and two double bonds ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dioxin

1. a toxic solid hydrocarbon [n -S]

Medical Definition of Dioxin

1. Any in a family of over 200 chlorinated organic chemicals (allheterocyclic hydrocarbons). The term is most commonly applied to a particular chemical, 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachlorodibenzo-paradioxin (2, 3, 7, 8-TCDD, simply called TCDD), which is an impurity in the defoliant AgentOrange and in the pesticide 2, 4, 5-T(see auxin). Dioxins are also producedwhenchlorinated materials such as plastics are burned. Dioxins are knownto cause skin diseases (chloracne), birth defects, miscarriages, and cancer. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dioxin

dioxanones
dioxans
dioxathion
dioxepane
dioxepine
dioxepino
dioxetane
dioxetanes
dioxgyenase
dioxid
dioxidane
dioxide
dioxides
dioxidonitrogen
dioxids
dioxin (current term)
dioxin dioxygenase
dioxindol
dioxindole
dioxindoles
dioxins
dioxirane
dioxo
dioxocane
dioxolane
dioxolanes
dioxolanone
dioxole
dioxoles
dioxouranium

Literary usage of Dioxin

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1. Reviews in Environmental Health (1998): Toxicological Defense Mechanics edited by Gary E. R. Hook, George W. Lucier (2000)
"It is interesting that both dioxin and PCBs are ligands for the Ah receptor ... The evidence for supporting the hypothesis that dioxin and PCBs are causally ..."

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